Re: Open Source is not becoming derailed.
I don't think Open Source is slowing or losing momentum. It's just that those "big" projects (apache, bind, BSD, etc) take time.
You can write a little helper script (for example, I am doing a perl thing called foreachuser that traverses /etc/passwd and executes a command for (or as) each user that matches a regexp or group) in two or three days, a bigger application in a couple weeks. But those really BIG things take time.
Look at KDE and GNOME. Look at the current KDE snapshots. They are quite useable already (at least for seeing where they are heading). The plan is to include a full office suite in the liga of MS Works, although partly, they already do much more.
Look at apache. This project owns the Web (70% total market share last I heard), Linux practically owns half the Apache share (40%? Something like that). But these projects do not and cannot just appear out of nowhere. Even Microsoft (gosh!) took their time to develop MS Office - when was Word first released? 1985?
So: be patient. Everyone's looking at Linux right now, and that makes some of the soothsayers predict doom, not because there are less projects than before (more the opposite) but because all the big players in Open Source are already established and nothing special any more.
The big challenge called "desktop", will probably never be owned by Linux alone, but that might very well be irrelevant, because we'll all be using small versatile web pads in ten years time anyways (running whatever there is - you don't notice the OS any more). Have any of you ever wondered about what operating system your phone or kitchen stove is using?
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